Of individuals with chronic dependence who achieved sustained recovery, the majority did so after participating in treatment:1

Between 70% and 90% of individuals with mental illness experience a significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life with treatments and supports.2

1 Sheedy C.K., and Whittier M., Guiding Principles and Elements of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care: What Do We Know From the Research? HHS Publication No. (SMA) 09-4439. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009, p. 15.

2 National Action Alliance on Mental Illness. (n.d.). What is Mental Illness: Mental Illness Facts. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from